Friday, January 25, 2013

Backwards one step

“When giving careful and calculated thought on how else you might see certain situations differently than you now see them - including your entire life, for that matter - please keep in mind, that occasionally being on "the fringe," is good.” TUT: a note from the Universe
“It’s helpful to step back and see the bigger picture” Richard Carlson
Dreams Checklist
SMART Goals – check
Affirmations – check
Able to use all 5 senses to visualize completion of goals - check
Announcement Ritual – check
Belief – check
Creative Visualization Collage – check
Baby Steps towards goal – check
Asking for help – check
Shake in some magic - check
Purposefully take a backwards step – Are you crazy?

As you can guess by now, I’m a little structured in how I go about getting my dreams and goals (Maybe it is because there is always a Capricorn Moon present in January?).  But, purposefully stepping back or stepping say a little to the right or to left is healthy.  It gives you a different perspective like a camera zooming out or zooming in for detail.  I’ve found that it helps me to stay on track and maybe adjust my course setting to something better.      

Last year I received training to become a circle leader for the Wild Woman Project’s New Moon Meditation. This international project’s purpose is to bring women together (note: some circles are co-ed) in order to create a trusting and supportive space to express what’s on their hearts.  Holding the circles on the New Moon is symbolic.  The New Moon is seen as a time of new beginnings and setting your intentions.  It’s a time to start fresh with a clean canvas and new paints; or seed packets for newly tilled loamy soil; or soft blue wool to cast on; or a new document in word. 

January’s New Moon Circle was on soulful structure for getting our goals and dreams.  I was jazzed for this.  I had created my re-solution list earlier this month.  I had my SMART Goals written into my dream book.  I’d plan out my ritual to announce to Motherfather Spirit my intention on the new moon.  And, then I looked at the circle leader’s curriculum guide.  The curriculum asked me to take a step backward and rethink my approach in getting my dreams and goals.  My initial response – are you crazy?  I’ve got a good system going on here why break it.

The curriculum exercises are based on Danielle LaPorte’s work.  Basically, it challenges us to examine what it means to be successful.  The activities make us take a step back away from our tangible dreams, resolution lists, SMART goals and bucket lists.  We’re asked: 1) Are these things and goals really that important to us?  2) Why do we want to get them? 3) Do we want them because of what others think or believe?

Looking at my list, many of my goals for the year sit in the professional, fame and money categories.  Working through the exercises, I quickly realized that these have been heavily influenced by what people have told me means to be successful.  True, I feel called to do some of the goals and dreams, but is this really what I’m looking for?


“The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.”  ~ Khalil Gibran

“[E]motions are feelings caused by physiological changes such as sweating or a racing heart.” Jean-Paul Sartre


One of my SMART Written re-solutions is to walk two ½ marathons this year.  I’ve walked ½ marathons before.  Stepping back I examined the feelings I get walking across the finish line:  tears of joy, wooowee heart dance, and confidence come to mind.  LaPorte says these emotions are how I define being successful.  These emotions should be more important than all the bucket lists and things I do.  These emotions should be what I’m trying to manifest with all the things I do or create.

My goal list should look like this

Joyful heart
Dancing heart

The SMART Written re-solution lists should be aligned with these emotions that make me feel successful.  If they aren’t, I really need to ask why they are on my list or why I’m even doing them. 

Activity – Reexamine your Re-solution list

Journal on the following
What emotions make you feel successful?  How do you feel when you’re successful?  Are the activities that you are planning to do this year – make you feel this way?

If you were to get your dream/SMART Goal how do you want to feel?  Who will be the first three people you tell? Include the answers in your dream journal.

Note on the photograph: You should check out the work by Vik Muniz who is a Brazilian Photographer.  Muniz creates art by working with the Brazilian trash pickers, arranging garbage and taking photographs of them from a distance.  The work brings focus to the trash pickers and why they do this work.  The documentary Waste Land is moving. makes us examine our thoughts about living in poverty.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Baby steps: The Charm for Getting Here to There

Hare and the Tortoise. Arthur Rackham (1912) Illustration

 “Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.” ~ Pablo Picasso

 “There are two types of people: The ones who give you 50 reasons it can’t be done … and the ones who just do it.” ~ Hoda Kotb

“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage that we move on to better things.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” -Lao-tzu

I know everyone has heard the ad nauseam phrase: Rome wasn’t built in a day.  The same is true with your dreams.  You just don’t announce your intent to Motherfather Spirit and voila you have it.  And, it’s also been my experience that you’ll be waiting around a long time if you think Cindy’s Fairy Godmother will show up and wave her magic wand to help you out.  You must be willing to take the baby steps towards your yearning desires.  You need to roll-up your sleeves and put some work into it.

Think about it – you didn’t just pop out the womb and begin walking a marathon.  You took small developmental steps: rolling over, sitting-up, crawling, pulling yourself up, table top walking and all out walking.  These were manageable tasks that helped build up your confidence towards that marathon of a first step.  Likewise, Rome’s city concept probably started off as several villages getting together to help each other out.  Needless to say, Rome of today probably went beyond what they dreamed of.  But, somebody had to take the baby steps.  Somebody had to put out continued energy to keep that dream alive, even those times when things didn't come out as planned.

Here’s how I see it - the initial announcement of to Motherfather Spirit is the first step in your dream.  You visualize your specific outcome using all 5 of your senses; you write it down in SMART format; and through a ritual you direct creative energy out to attract this dream.  What happens in most cases is we put all our energy up front rather than continuing to tend the fire.  We think Motherfather Spirit will do all the work after our ritual.  And, when we don’t get the dream we blame Motherfather Spirit.  But, it doesn’t work that way. 

Most people will tell you that it wasn’t courage or willpower that kept them from their dreams.  What kept them from their dreams was consistency.  My dreams that have come true were the result of continued creative energy being directed towards the outcome.  I had to be the co-creator even if that meant committing 5 minutes daily to think about that dream.  Or, in the case of being a PBP blogger, typing for at least 10 minutes a day on a topic to post; or setting aside daily time to work some stitches for that magical scarf I’m knitting for Yule 2013; or putting in daily steps and following a training plan for the half marathon in May; or setting aside time to write the two required essays and fill out the application for graduate school. 

by David Mallett

Inch by inch, row by row
Gonna make this garden grow
Gonna mulch it deep and low
Gonna make it fertile ground

Inch by inch, row by row
Please bless these seeds I sow
Please keep them safe below
'Till the rain comes tumbling down

Pullin' weeds and pickin' stones
We are made of dreams and bones
Need a place to call my own
'Cause the time is close at hand

Grain for grain, sun and rain
Find my way in nature's chain
Till my body and my brain
Tell the music of the land


Plant your rows straight and long
Season with a prayer and song
Mother Earth will make you strong
If you give her loving care


I spoke with T the engineer about energy.  I wanted to know scientifically if it was better to put all you energy up front or use constant energy to get a task done. 

He gave me a bike riding analogy. 

You can approach riding a distance via bike two ways.  1) You put up all you energy up front.   Yes, it will put you up front of the crowd but the increased wind drag will cause you to expend a lot of energy.  Most times you may not get to the point you intended to.  2) You use a constant steady energy across the distance.  You will get there and may be able to go farther. 

You can watch this same principle viewing Disney’s Tortoise and the Hare Story.  Putting aside the Hare bragging he’d make it to the finish line first, the Hare poops out and takes a nap.  Meanwhile the Tortoise with slow and steady ways wins the race.

Activity: New Moon Dream Remembrance Ritual

Purple Pillar Candle for Creativity – to be burn for the entire year.  I use Healing Reiki Candles.  and I purchase them from one of my favorite local stores – Pearls of Wisdom
Silver charm baby shoe tied around the candle
Notebook of Dreams (I have a dream notebook and on each page the dream listed at the top.)

On the New Moon, I review my goals and dreams for the year and reflect on how it feels to get that dream completed.  What is the emotion that I’m looking for when I get that dream?

I light the candle each month and write notes about where I’m at on my dreams. And ways to remind myself on those feelings.    Meaning – when I’m down and have to rip out an entire row of stitches because I goofed – what can I do now to make myself feel the emotion of casting off?

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Liebster.

"Human life runs its course in the metamorphosis between receiving and giving." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving." ~ Albert Einstein

I don't know what to say other than thank you Phoebe Flields for awarding my website with the Leibester Award. 

For those bloggers and readers who are unfamiliar with this award, “The Liebster Award" is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The word ” Liebster” comes from German and can mean the sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, most beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.” And this is most welcomed.

Here are the Rules for this Award

Thank the person who nominated you.

When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

Pass the award onto 6 other blogs (while making sure you notify the blogger that you nominated them!) You write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees. I’m being lazy and using my nominator’s questions.

You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your own blog!

You paste the award picture into your blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)

So here goes.

11 random facts about me: 1) I like to garden 2) I like to do textile crafts (e.g., knitting, quilting, sewing….) 3) I like to write. 4) I'm activist for social justice. 5) I like walking half marathons, 4) I’m a bibliophile and like learning new things (I know two, but similiar). 5) I love to cook. 6) I like the outdoors. 7) I live with wonderful people, 2 cats and a fish. 8) I keep a messy desk. 9) I like to make jelly. 10) My favorite color is blue.

Questions that Phoebe asked of me.

How did you come to witchcraft?  Maybe it should be how did witchcraft find me?   (shrug) I think I was always one meaning someone pointed out that some of my spiritual practices could be called this.  

What is your definition of witch?  Hmmm that’s a loaded term. To me it means a very wise person who is connected with the earth’s cycles and seasons and what’s beyond cubicle land. This wise person knows that everything comes from the earth.  This wise witchy person is in tune with what the Celtic people call the Oran Mor – the divine song. They know that they're interconnected with all creation (i.e., 4 legged and winged creatures, Rocks, Water, Sky, Trees). The wise witchy person knows that the magic comes from the divine and not the other way around. 

I like what Marian Green said - The wise person "doesn't call themself this - it is a word used by those who seek their help."

I also think a witch is someone who honors others spiritual paths.  They know there is a lot of spiritual practices out there and no one has the truth.  Each person has their own experiences and own beliefs on their journey back to the source.   They are willing to learn and perhaps incorporate techniques and wisdom into their own.    

Do you think anyone can be a witch?  I sort of follow what Marian Green said – there are some people out there that aren’t into labels and are doing witchy things.  These people may know this or not know this and that is okay.  I think claiming the label of being a witch is changing how you live with the earth.  These people who are living this way – I would have to say are a better witch than me. 

When do you feel most like a witch?  During Zeal Moments when I am one with creation and Motherfather Spirit.

Will you be going to PanTheaCon? No - But, I'll be going to my state's conference on Preventing Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence - Yes.

Can you share a witch joke?  Not good at Jokes…..  I also have problems telling if someone is joking or not.  Maybe I should learn to lighten up.

Which element do you feel closest too?  Fire and Earth oh I don’t know I like them all. 

What is your magickal talent?  Cooking with magic, Reiki, candle magic, gardening, and creative visualization collages.

What is your favorite food?  All foods.  Italian with homemade noodles, Hershey's Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting, Strawberry Shortcake with whipcream,

What inspires you to blog?   Last year my blog’s alphabet theme was created with random spiritually related words.  The intent of the blog was to give words of spiritual wisdom to a future kin.  This year’s blog is somewhat focused.  I have several major projects and need some structure than the free spirit of last year.  I am using a CAYA Coven’s monthly moon theme to inspire the choosing of alphabet words.  I will also be reflecting back on my work as a circle leader for the Wild Woman Project.  Again, my purpose this year will be to expand on CCWWW spirituality according to Homelight.

What is your favorite recipe?  I’ve included some recipes in my blog.  This is one of my favorites: Tomato sauce – that could be considered a love potion.   

My 11 Questions and 6 Nominations

1.  What advice would you give to other bloggers?
2.  If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be?
3.  What is your favorite season and why?
4.  Last book you read?
5. Early bird or night owl?
6. 5 things you are grateful for today?
7. 3 things you can't live without?
8.  Favorite movie?
9.  Vampires or Zombies?
10.  Favorite vegetable?
11. Your definition of a witch?  (I'm sorry I liked this question)


Green Man

Oath Bound Secrets

Thoughts of a Wttch


Stone Soup

My Tangled Threads


Sunday, January 13, 2013

KAL 2013 Update

KAL 2013 Sky Scarf 1/13/2013
I have been asked to show updates and my thoughts about the project:

  • You can see from my notebook how I'm keeping track of the sky's weather.
  • You can also see I had to start over.  This thin yarn is very hard to work with.  The first take - it became a tangled mess.  So I started over.  It was just easier just to cut the thread - cut my loss.  But, if you first don't succeed....  It took getting use to.
  • I've changed my pattern and added a way to keep track of the new and full moon.  On the two knit stitches to begin and end the rows I'm purling on both sides to indicate the moon cycle.  
  • Wow - look how many blue sky days.  It changes my perspective about the sky at noon during the winter months in Ohio.  
Sideways view of notebook KAL 2013

Side note - is anyone else having problems with uploading photos?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Asking for Help - Law of Giving and Receiving Love

Christ Washing the Feet of the Apostles
Meister des Hausbuches (1473) see it at
Gemaldegalerie, Berlin
Yearning Moon - What desires, deep within, are yearningto be fulfilled, and how might you begin to take steps toward fulfilling them?

“Sometimes letting other people serve us can be as profoundly valuable, nurturing, and connecting as giving to others.” David Simon, MD

“The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he’s got an abscess on his knee or in his soul.” -Rona Barrett

Asking for Help –Law of Giving and Receiving Love
I don’t know about you, but it is easier for me to ask Motherfather Spirit for help to get my dreams and goals accomplished than a real person (Zazen Zen Meditation – self growth by meditating on areas of self).  Why is this?  I find it’s easier for to look up the answers in a book or use Google even if the answers may be wrong rather than ask a real person.  And, I’m not just talking about cooking a new recipe; learning a new knitting stitch; or figuring out how to do something in excel.  I also have this problem even when it comes to spiritual practice.  Oh – don’t get me started on delegating work.  And why is this?
1.       I was taught that by asking for help somehow made you weak.  That you couldn’t be independent, self-sufficient and take care of yourself if you asked for help. 

2.       There was a whole lot of shame surrounding asking for help. 

3.       There was guilt in asking for help, because there might be someone else who really needs help and you are taking away the needed resources.

4.       I really didn’t have any role models who showed me how to ask for help.  And, if I did have to ask for help I felt intimidated and weak (i.e., Organic Chemistry and spelling).

5.       I was taught if you want something done right – do it yourself.  It is just easier to do it yourself than have to correct someone else’s work.

6.       I had a lot of role models showing me that it was better to serve than to be the recipient of that service.  This was wrapped up into what I believe as a one-sided interpretation of Christ’s teachings.

Knitting Shop Story
This past week I went to one of few independent yarnshops in C’Bus.  For over a year I have wanted to do the Conceptual Sky Scarf.  I thought the pattern was a cool way to bring an urbanite and CCWWW closer to nature.  When I first found the pattern, I immediately saw that it could reinforce my connection to the earth even running back and forth between my house to my car to my wherever I’m going.

Pattern in hand, I entered the store and did my typical walk around the store rather than seeking help.  There must have been something in my look or how I was wandering around the store because the store’s owner quickly came asking: “Can I help?”  Instead of saying my typical response of “I’m just looking,” I showed her my pattern and said I didn’t know where to begin.  She quickly moved to the front of the store with the lace weight yarn.  This is yarn that I’ve never used because it is so thin and tangles easily.  There were two women knitting away in the comfy couches up front.  They too became interested in my sky project and dropped their knitting to join us.  The choosing of my Ohio sky yarn became a group project.  The owner laid out the potential colors on the table and the group gave the thumbs up and thumbs down.

I was reserved about their choice with the thunderstorm colored yarn of blue, browns, yellows and rusts.  I said that it looked too much like tornado colors and I surely didn’t want tornados coming to Ohio.  They dismissed my fear telling me that my knitting project was also about making a beautiful scarf for myself.  The women oohed over the colors and asked for a copy of the pattern.

Yarn to be used:
Malabrigo – Azules (bright blue day)
Malabrigo – Bobby Blue (light blue day)
Malabrigo – Natural (clouds)
Malabrigo – Piedras (thunderstorm, snowstorm, tornado)
Isager – Charcoal Gray (gray days, fog, light rain and light snow)


From the Song of the Three Cauldrons

 “The Cauldron of Life-Work
gives and is replenished,
promotes and is enlarged,
nourishes and is given life,
ennobles and is exalted,
requests and is filled with answers,
sings and is filled with song,
preserves and is made strong,
arranges and receives arrangements,
maintains and is maintained.
Good is the well of measure.”

Law of Giving and Receiving Blessings
This law is known by many names: “You reap what you sow” or “What you put out you’ll back 3 times.”  When someone talks about this law, I get it.  I really get revved up by giving and helping someone out.  I find this an essential part of being interconnected with creation and keeping true to my spiritual path (CCWWW).  Meaning: my CO2 helps the trees and the trees’ O2 helps me. 

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is about foot washing.  Foot washing was considered a form of hospitality back in the day when traveling was done all on foot.  Having healthy feet was a necessity.    A host would provide water for guests to wash up their feet before joining the meal.  This Bible story occurs during the last supper before Jesus’ death.  Before dinner, Jesus begins washing the Disciple’s feet (John 13:14-17).  Peter, one of the Disciples begins protesting that his beloved teacher shouldn’t be washing his feet; it should be the other way around.  Peter demands to take over the task.  But, Jesus tells the group: “a servant is not greater than his master.”

How this story has been interpreted to me is that everyone is a servant or a friend to another.  This friendliness isn’t dependent on who the person is or who the person is receiving this gift of service.  No one is greater than another; and there are no strings attached in this type of action.  You serve others because it’s part being active in this earthy cycle of giving and receiving.

What I have realized in this Zazen Zen Meditation is there is another part to this story: allowing others the opportunity to be givers and servants to me.  When I don’t ask for help or allow someone to help me out  - I’m denying this other person access to this cycle.  I’m not allowing them to have a generous giving heart.  I turn into a Peter in a sense. 

I have been reflecting back on what my big desires are this year.  The desires I feel nudged by Motherfather Spirit to get done.  Several of them I know that I’ll need to ask for someone’s help.  One of my re-solutions this year will be to practice asking for help. 



KAL (Knit Along or Crochet Along) 2013 – Getting in touch with the sky and weather.

I don't know if you have this problem in the winter?  It is hard to stay connected with the earth from inside during the cold.  I think it is so easy in our modern society to be camped out in cubicle land, drive home and camp out in front of the television.  I believe when we follow this pattern it leads us to be out of touch with the land and frankly out of harmony with everything.  Part of being a CCWWW is walking with nature through the seasons and being observant of her Wowness.  Knowing the phases of the moon and sun and watching the trees change their clothes; this is the mystery and magic around you.

I would like to invite you to join me for KAL project for yourself.  It is a scarf that will put you in touch with the sky color and weather pattern throughout an entire year.  The finished project will be a reminder that you are part of nature and all her Wowness. 

Challenge #1:  Go into a yarn store with a print out of the directions and ask for help picking out the yarn.  

Challenge #2:  If you don’t know how to knit or crochet ask someone to teach you.

Challenge #3: If you know how to knit or crochet ask someone to share a pattern with you.

Challenge #4: Ask someone how they would classify the sky for the day.

Feather and Fan pattern:
Cast on 40 stitches.  Knit 3 rows. 
Row 1 (Right Side) Knit to the end of row
Row 2 (Wrong Side) Knit two and place a marker.  Purl until you get to the last 2 stitches, place a marker and Knit last 2 stitches
Row 3 (Right side) Knit 2, * (Knit 2 together) 3 times, (yo, Knit 1) 6 times, (Knit 2 together) 3 times *place a marker.  Repeat the portion between the **s once; Knit last 2 stitches.

Row 4 (Wrong Side) Knit to end of row.


Monday, January 7, 2013

January Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Human trafficking is one the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.  Annually, the money illegally acquired through human trafficking is estimated to be more than $35 billion, which equals the profits earned by Starbucks, Google and Nike combined.
Victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 and over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services,” such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to do labor against their will.
This illegal multimillion dollar industry has largely been hidden in the shadows, but human trafficking cased have been reported in all 50 states in the US.  My beloved Ohio has ranked as high as fifth among all states in the total reported cases -  with Toledo being identified as the fourth highest ranking city in the nation for recruiting victims into illegal trade.
Everyone has a role in ending human trafficking.  To report a tip in the US, connect with anti-trafficking services in your area or for information about anti trafficking resources; call the National Hotline at 1-888-3737-7888.  It’s toll free, confidential and available 24 hours a day. 
To learn about the warning signs of human trafficking visit.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center

Friday, January 4, 2013

Announcing your intention

The Birth of Liquid Desire by Salvador Dali

Yearning Moon - What desires, deep within, are yearning to be fulfilled, and how might you begin to take steps toward fulfilling them?

“Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.” ~Jose Ortega y Gasset
“Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.” ~ Eric Hoffer
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Many of us have many wishes and dreams.  I could quickly make a list of 10.  Examining that list, once again I find most of these wants are frivolous and heavily influenced by social media and advertising.  It is my brain these mediums attract with sparkly colored jewels and perfectly decorated homes and flashy dresses that I subconsciously know don’t fit on my body type.   

If I run my list through my heart, I swiftly cross off the senseless things and what are left are my true desires.  These are the yearnings that will transform me to help humanity’s collective.  They are the dreams that come from another place and I always sigh at them because of their enormous demand.  They are the ones that I know require high walls and rocky mountains to be climbed over, tests and papers to be written, soil to be tilled and scarves to be knitted.  They are the real callings that beckon my heart to be fulfilled. 

They are also the dreams only I can see and if I’d shared these dreams – I know I’ll be laughed at or told they should be uprooted because they’re dangerous weeds or that my pants are too big for my britches. 

These are the very reasons I’ve found it is better to keep these dreams to myself.  These are the dreams I'm only in converstation with Motherfather Spirit.

Any gardener knows that if you want to harvest green beans, you need to get the right seed package and be able to taste the first bean in the garden.  The same is true for dreams.  If you want to publish a bestselling book, you need to see to see it on the book racks at Barnes and Nobles or listed in the NY Times Best Selling Booklist.  If you want to blog weekly for the next 52 weeks, you need to see yourself pushing “publish” each week until next December 29, 2013.

Dr. Wayne Dyer describes these seed thoughts as setting an intention or creating “a plan to direct the mind.”  An intention is a clear goal statement that the mind can aim for.  It is a process for focusing and taking ownership for a dream.   It is a mechanism to help prepare you to follow through with energy and action.  This announcement is directed to Motherfather Spirit and the universal consciousness who will help you see it through.

Writing Clear Intentions

As a health educator (professional hat) having measurable objectives is very important.  It helps me keep course on all the projects I’m working on.  It helps me see how far along I’m coming on a project; or if a project isn’t looking to successful and I can quickly evaluate why.  When I graduated in the ‘80s they just called it writing measurable objectives now they have a fancy name for them: SMART objectives.  (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Focused and Time Bound).

In my spiritual and personal life, I use the same method.  I have found that if I have clear written goal statements, I’m more apt to making my dreams come true.  I can focus on the end of the project.

By December 29,, 2013 (time bound), I will have blogged 52 weeks (measurable and achievable) with the PBP on alphabetic topics that enable me to share my insights about my spiritual path’s studies, reflections and practices (specific and relevant).

Blogging Beginning Ritual:

In announcing my intention to Motherfather Spirit, I lean to doing an activity that is more formal.  I create a ritual to mark the beginning of my project.  A ritual allows me to slow down; allows me to focus on seeing the project or dream fullfilled; and allows me to make this goal sacred and special.  A ritual allows me to "jump-start" my desired goal with purposeful energy.

3 candles (yellow-communications, purple – spirit and orange – creativity)
Essential oil – tangerine and sandalwood
2013 Notebook for blogging
Ribbon yellow and orange

Anoint the candles and the notebook with the essential oils.
Write down your intention inside your notebook. 
Cut the ribbons and say: “Today I begin a powerful journey – (announce your intention.)  I intend to discover who I am.  Along this path may I be nourished; may I be healed; may I keep my ears opened and judgment aside to learn from others and the messages Motherfather Spirit may be sending; and may I approach this journey with the same curiosity that I had as a child.  May this path be filled with joy, love and abundance of creativity.  I ask for your blessings and help Motherfather Spirit.  Thy will be done.  So mote it be.”